bawdry

bawdry

[baw-dree]
noun
1.
Archaic. lewdness; obscenity; bawdiness.
2.
Obsolete.
a.
the business of a prostitute.
b.
illicit intercourse; fornication.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English bawdery. See bawd, -ery

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bawdry (ˈbɔːdrɪ)
 
n
archaic obscene talk or language

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bawdry
"obscenity," late 14c., probably from O.Fr. bauderie "boldness, ardor, elation, pride" (see bawd).
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